The Flexible professional in the Knowledge Society (REFLEX)

As Europe and the rest of the world moves towards a knowledge society, there appears to be a need for a new kind of worker: the flexible professional. The REFLEX project focuses on three questions: (1) which competencies are required by higher education graduates in order to function adequately in the knowledge society? (2) what role is played by higher education institutions in helping graduates to develop these competencies? (3) what tensions arise as graduates, higher education institutions, employers and other key players each strive to meet their own objectives, and how can these tensions be resolved?

The project utilises three instruments: (1) a country study about the relation between higher education and work in nine European countries; (2) a qualitative study on graduate competences in the knowledge society; (3) a survey of higher education graduates in these countries.

The REFLEX project (Further information) is financed as a Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) of the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme. A total of 11 countries are currently participating in the project: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the UK, Switzerland and Japan.

Researcher involved: Egbert de Weert